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Sun 22-Sep-13
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Dear Maura, always buy Lakeland if I have to, reasonable,  friends do give me Jars as well, but with such a bumper Harvest, I have made, and am making more than ever before. The trouble with Freecycle, is I am disabled, and very difficult to get anyone to collect for me.

Mon 23-Sep-13
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Oh that's a shame - I do understand how hard that would be for you. You'll just have to drop huge hints when giving out your lovely preserves to please give back some nice empty jars smile

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Mon 23-Sep-13
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To be fair, one friend probably would, if I asked, but she already scours the Charity Shops for Books for me, posts my Letters , and Packets, and goes to Sainsburys, for any shopping I need. She is the SSPCA, Rep, and also feeds feral Cats every day, so don't like to put on a willing Horse!  She also brings me little treats, every week, when she comes, she really is one of the unsung heroes.

Mon 23-Sep-13
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Damson jam on the go at the moment - the colour and flavour is superb!

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Mon 23-Sep-13
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Damson ,is tops for flavour, but never seen them here.

Tue 24-Sep-13
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My new jam jar friend has several Damson trees close to where she plays golf and has promised me some when they are ripe - but last time she looked they were still hard - so you ahead of me this time Val !!

Will start looking at recipes now as I know will be getting a huge amount from her - if the apples and plums are anything to go by.

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Tue 24-Sep-13
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Took what I thought was Strawberry and Raspberry , out of the Freezer last night, but this morning found it was Plums! So it is Plum and Apple Jam instead!

Tue 24-Sep-13
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I have been making Oded Schwartz's grape and pecan jam , but with plums and walnuts- it is fantastic, I would highly recommend it!

Tue 24-Sep-13
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Our local market has damsons for sale, British ones, so they are obviously available now, just not near you I guess just yet.

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Tue 24-Sep-13
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Martin, the freebies are the best ....  ok  

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Tue 24-Sep-13
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I agree the freebies are best- we have wild damsons down the lane near our church (though not very many) , -it was really to say that they are available now and obviously ripe in some parts of the country, just tracking down where is the key, so that foraging can take place. 

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Tue 24-Sep-13
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You're right, of course, Martin, although it may depend on where the supply has come from, and if it is in UK. (I'm not too sure if it is a fruit that is grown in large quantities outside of the UK. I haven't seen them for sale in France at all.)

I must say I'm surprised Maura that yours are not ready - being in the Garden of England, I expected you to have the first ripe ones.

We live and learn.

Some of mine are a bit mealy, so I'm having to de-stone before cooking, a bit of a pain, but in the end I don't have to stand over a hot pot trying to float off the stones, both very time-consuming.

Next batch has been prepared, and I still have a bowlful to do - the mountain of damsons doesn't seem to be disappearing ....  whistle

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Wed 25-Sep-13
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Made up the Apple and Plum Jam, this morning, still loads of Apples and Tomatoes.

Wed 25-Sep-13
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Not certain what to get on with today, I have hedgerow fruits boiled and jelly bagged, crab apples at the same point and then have been given a bag of ripe quince, fancy making cordial with the hedgerow fruits, which are mainly elderberries anyway, I love the taste of it with hot water in winter and with the high vitamin and anti viral properties it might keep winter bugs at bay.

Wed 25-Sep-13
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Loads of pears and apples to bottle/purée.

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